Mother’s Day in NYC

Bustling Times Square. Sparkling theater marquees. Soaring skyscrapers. Treat your mother to a glamorous relaxing getaway in New York’s Theater District at Washington Jefferson Hotel. This May, we have a special offer for moms and their families. Book our Mother’s Day Getaway Package, and get your choice of deluxe accommodations. Stay in a charming New York City hotel room in Broadway’s bustling Theater District. On arrival, you’ll get spoiled with treats. We’ll present you with a box of Baked by Melissa mini macarons, a quintessential New York City sweet. A beautiful bouquet of seasonal flowers enliven your room. We’ll gift you a bottle of red wine for celebrations. You’ll even have late check out, so you can sleep in or have room service for breakfast.

While you’re here, the city’s bustling with special Mother’s Day events in New York’s most beautiful locations. Here’s our picks for the best places to take your mother to celebrate her special day.

Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt

8 E 36th St 10016

Follow the clues and tackle the obstacle course during this dynamic scavenger hunt. Meet at Slattery’s Pub with a smartphone and a metro card, and start exploring the city.

Mother’s Day Brunch and Champagne Cruise

West St at West Houston St

Munch on brunch on the Hudson River. This Mother’s Day treat gives you free-flowing mimosas and sangria, a bountiful buffet, and live jazz, all on a luxury yacht.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main St, Queens

If your mother prefers nature to cruises, take her to the Queens Botanical Garden. Dine on brunch amidst blooming flowers. The garden hosts a picnic-style brunch with omelets, bacon, bagels, muffins and more. After the feast, tour the lush greenery and gorgeous plants.

Mother’s Day at The New York Botanical Garden

Bronx River Pkwy

Another of the city’s famed Botanical Garden, The New York Botanical Garden, is also hosting a Mother’s Day party. Meander through the newly reopened Lilac Collection, while bands and dancers perform on the Daffodil Hill mainstage. Make watercolor cards, eat a picnic-style brunch, and partake in other activities, like putting greens, croquet, and walking tours throughout the gardens. Professional photographers will also snap photos for you.

The Central Park Zoo

Central Park

Head a few blocks over to Central Park and see the menagerie of exotic animals in the Central Park Zoo. The zoo’s hosting a family party, celebrating both human and animal moms. Go on a scavenger hunt, make treats, and do some Mother’s Day-themed arts and crafts.

Mother’s Day Icing Class at Magnolia

401 Bleecker St

Magnolia Bakery is a New York institution. Their sumptuous cupcakes and cakes are the perfect treat, and you can make your own at this Mother’s Day class. You’ll learn tricks like how to ice flower cupcakes, and take a batch back to your hotel.

Experience some of these New York adventures during your stay, and make sure to reserve our Mother’s Day package online, for added amenities and treats.

 

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Restaurant Week

New York City is known for the variety of food and restaurant offerings. Whether you are in the mood for a vegan burger or a nice juicy large steak here in NYC you will always find a place that serves what you want. The city has many options to choose from, but sometimes these beautiful and delicious places may be out of our budget. Restaurant week ran from January 18 to February 5th – it’s always a great way to try all those places you had in mind without breaking the bank. Restaurants like Le Cirque and ABC Kitchen which can cost big bucks on a regular night offer a three course menu at the low cost of 25 dollars per lunch and 38 dollars per dinner. It is always an opportunity not to be missed since it only happens twice a year with over 350 participating restaurants. Below were some of our favorite participating restaurants.

Triomphe Restaurant

Triomphe offers an intimate upscale setting in Midtown near the Theater District. Their seasonal menu, great service and delicious French contemporary cuisine make this place memorable. Great time to try it out is during restaurant week, and make sure you have a reservation since the place has only 18 tables and a busy pre-theater crowd.

Ai Fiori

Ai Fiori offers a traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist, a classy laid back ambiance and the talented chef Michael White is what has made this restaurant a gem in the city. The food is absolutely delicious with a tasteful presentation. They serve restaurant week with a purpose and that is to show guests what quality food really is.

Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro

If you like cheese or French food than this is the place for you. After two visits at this restaurant and both times equally impressed it is easy to say this place has what it takes to be great in a city of 16 thousand restaurants. The truffle cheese fondue is exquisite.

Aureole-Liberty Room

This fine dining American cuisine restaurant with frequent diners such as Ana Wintour is a must try. Aureole is beautifully decorated, located in the middle of Times Square and offers an innovative seasonal menu and a classy ritzy ambiance. This is a pricey and exclusive restaurant perfect time to try it is during restaurant week.

Le Cirque

Le Cirque has been around for almost 40 years and they have never failed to impress with their luxurious décor, fancy French style presentations and incredible service. Whether you have heard of their name in movies or passed by this restaurant is a must try.

For more information and restaurant week options please visit: http://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week

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Solo In the City: How To Make The Most Out Of “You Time” in Manhattan

When you stay at the Washington Jefferson Hotel you’ll be surrounded by a variety of things to do in NYC by yourself. In “The City That Never Sleeps,” you’ll discover a vast array of opportunities to immerse yourself in iconic New York treasures. Whether you’re interested in art exhibits, discovering new cuisine or meeting new people, there is no better place to explore than in Manhattan.

After discovering the many things to do in NYC alone, enjoy a relaxing and secure retreat to your comfortable guest room at Washington Jefferson Hotel. Don’t forget to stay connected with loved ones back home and tell them all about your travels using our complimentary high-speed Internet.  Utilize our guide for solo traveler activities in New York when staying at Washington Jefferson Hotel.

However you choose to spend your time in New York City, you’re sure to embark on a memorable journey marked by some of the most stunning architectural landmarks, unparalleled shopping and a dining experience that takes you around the world within the comfort of one city. Go ahead, experience New York however you want to and make the most out of every getaway with our solo traveler guide.

Sightseeing
Top of the Rock
(212) 698-2000

MoMA
(212) 708-9400

New York City Ballet
(212) 870-5570

Metropolitan Museum of Art
(212) 535-7710

Dining
Shimizu
(212) 581-1581

Maria Pia
(212) 765-6463

ViceVersa
(212) 399-9265

Shopping
Anthropologie
(212) 246-0386

Saks Fifth Avenue
(212) 753-4000

Tiffany & Co.
(212) 755-8000

 

Spas
Avanti Nail & Spa
(212) 757-1269

Snowflakes Spa
(212) 315-5788

SKNSPA
(212) 581-1398

 

 

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Your Guide to a Perfect Manhattan Day

Make it as perfect a day as possible with our handy guide to the essential stops on a classic New York trip. When you stay at Washington Jefferson Hotel, you’re just moments away from some of the most sought-after attractions in the surrounding area. In a city that’s constantly bustling with endless things to do and a variety of activities, getting a handle of where to start can sometimes be overwhelming.

Leave your worries behind and embark on a journey filled with memories to last a lifetime, iconic treats and unique adventures when you take utilize our guide to planning a perfect day in NYC. But the fun doesn’t stop there. In town for longer? During your stay ask our team for recommendations on everything from Broadway shows to dinner reservations and much more.

8 AM – Rise to greet the day in your room at the Washington Jefferson.

9 AM – Enjoy a refreshing breakfast at one of the nearby cafes or bistros, like Tout Va Bien, Bibble & Sip, or Pick A Bagel. If you’re eager to start your itinerary, grab something quick and healthy from the always-reliable Pret a Manger.

10 AM – Take a leisurely stroll through Central Park, or at least as much of its sprawling beauty as you can manage! Home to numerous wonderful landmarks – including the Central Park Zoo, Tavern on the Green, and Belvedere Castle – you may recognize some spots within the park from a favorite movie or two.

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11 AM – Get glamorous and hit the boutiques and department stores of Times Square and Bryant Park.

12:30 PM – Lunch at a legend, which is easy when choosing a location in this zip code. Carnegie Deli, with its mind-bending portions of deli meat sandwiches, promises the chance to spot some celebrities in between bites, while the by-now-famous Shake Shack offers some of the most memorable burgers and fries in the city.

1:30 PM – Make time for one of the world-famous New York City attractions in Times Square. From the excitement in the history explored at Radio City Music Hall to the Museum of Modern Art, there is a monumental place to explore for every conceivable artistic, cultural or historic interest.

5 PM – Unwind from the day with a Happy Hour at one of the many bars in the area. The Rum House invites you to get loose with retro cocktails, the 230 Fifth boasts stunning rooftop views for when the weather’s easy, and the sizzling hot Kingside makes a mean Old Fashioned. Of course, you’d be foolish to pass up the chance to knock back pre-dinner drinks at…

7 PM – …Esca, Becco or Barbetta. These are divine as it gets in our part of town.

9 PM – Check out a Broadway show and the bustling nightlife of the city after-hours.Tickets to Wicked, Jersey Boys, or Book of Mormon are easy to come by, discounts are plentiful, and, thanks to the many gorgeous theaters studding the neighborhood, it’s nearly impossible to find a less-than-great seat.

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12 AM – Return to the comfort of your Washington Jefferson room and a much-deserved good night’s sleep.

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Explore, Experience & Embark on the Top 10 Things to Do in NYC

New York moves fast, but you can have it all when you stay at the Washington Jefferson Hotel. Whether you’re traveling with someone special on a romantic escape, on your own to discover a new city, or with the entire family, there are endless attractions and things to do during your stay. Offering a variety of sought-after activities throughout every season, you’ll discover something for everyone during your visit.

Unleash you inner foodie at nearby Hell’s Kitchen where you can taste cuisines from across the globe without leaving your neighborhood. Indulge your inner shopaholic at Macy’s Herald Square or along the shops of Fifth Avenue in all of its glory. Discover an outdoor adventure at nearby Central Park and on your way back to our property stop at Lincoln Square for a cultural immersion in the arts. Here, we’ve put together our top 10 favorite attractions in NYC to act as a guide while you’re staying with us.

The Empire State Building - Nothing compares to the view, although be sure to expect plenty of company on the way up.

Times Square – You’ll understand why the city earned the nickname about never sleeping once you’ve seen the lights.

Madison Square Garden - The Knicks, the Rangers and Billy Joel call this mammoth complex home.

Central Park - Where New York goes to get its fill of nature.

Statue of Liberty - Still “Enlightening the World,” after all these years.

Museum Mile – White stone, priceless art collections and a whole lot of little dogs.

9/11 Memorial - The solemn yet breathtaking tribute to the lives lost.

Fifth Avenue Shopping – Follow in the coutured footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw.

Rockefeller Center - Art Deco magnificence and the setting for Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy’s immortal sparring matches.

Broadway - What it presently lacks in baggy-suited vagabonds with big dreams, it makes up for with The Book of Mormon.

 

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Five things to do in Midtown!

People from around the world come here to experience the excitement this city has to offer. Midtown West is always jam-packed with tourists exploring this authentic NYC neighborhood, people working here and those who call it home.

When planning your trip to NYC it is best to choose your location wisely and try to be as close to Midtown as it’s possible. With so many great things to do in Midtown, here are our 5 favorite spots to check out when in town.

Times Square is a must see, of course. Lights sparkle here day and night and the cameras are always flashing, it is known all around the world for the upbeat, fun atmosphere it offers. Whether it is 5 am or 5 pm Times Square is alive and filled with people and excitement.

The next stop Central Park, which is located only a few blocks away from The Washington Jefferson Hotel. In a city full of concrete, this landscaping marvel keeps us sane after long days of hustle and bustle.

There is no way you’re leaving Midtown without seeing a Broadway Show. Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon have been captivating audiences for over the years and are located just a short stroll from The Washington Jefferson Hotel.

One of the best ways to see panoramic views of the city is from a rooftop bar. New York is full of tall buildings and luckily for us majority of them have rooftop clubs/bars. One that is close by and you will have the best view of the city is SixtyFive Rooftop bar located at the Top of The Rock building at Rockefeller Center.

Finally, Midtown West is a dream location for all you foodies. Hell’s Kitchen screams food everywhere, dotted with a number of authentic little spots that you will not find anywhere else but here. Whether you are in the mood for Thai, Italian, French, Hell’s Kitchen has it all.

One of our favorite spots is Bricciola, a small Italian wine and tapas bar located steps away from The Washington Jefferson Hotel.

What are you waiting for, come have the time of your life in this incredible city we call home.

 

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An NYC Guide for the Solo Female Traveler

An NYC Guide for the Solo Female Traveler

So you’re a woman with an adventurous spirit, ready to take on the big city. Have you heard about our Petite Room, the perfect choice for a solo traveler?

The Washington Jefferson is a safe, centrally located boutique hotel with a front desk that is manned 24/7, an entrance that requires a key-card after 11pm, and rooms that are equipped with deadlocks as well as safety latches. Our intimate and affordable accommodations are designed for your specific needs and feature a line of complimentary modern amenities including the always in-demand high-speed WI-FI in all rooms and gym on the ground level.

And because we are a boutique hotel, we pride ourselves on being able to spend more time catering to you and seeing that you are as comfortable as possible. Whether you need help navigating the subway, or maybe finding tickets for a show, we are more than happy to assist.

If you are here for business, leisure or a little bit of both, the WJ Hotel offers easy access to all the best sights in the city. Below are a handful of some our favorite picks within easy walking distance. Keep in mind, this list is only the beginning. Ask our Front Desk Staff for even more ideas on what to do and see while here.

Sightseeing

Top of the Rock
(212) 698-2000
See Manhattan from new heights at the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Plaza. It’ll give you a whole new look at what’s easily considered the best city in the world.

MoMA
(212) 708-9400
Browse NYC’s premier collection of modern art at MoMA, home to such gems as Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Matisse’s The Dance and many more.

New York City Ballet
(212) 870-5570
Founded in 1948, the New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory.

Broadway
The WJ Hotel is the premier choice in Theater District NYC hotels, offering easy access to the best shows on Broadway, from Chicago and Wicked to the latest hot performances.

Dining

Shimizu
(212) 581-1581
Dine on fresh Japanese cuisine at the upscale Shimizu restaurant in Midtown.

Maria Pia
(212) 765-6463
Feast on Italian fare at the beloved Maria Pia, open for lunch and dinner and offering an open bar.

ViceVersa
(212) 399-9265
This Hell’s Kitchen eatery serves up authentic Italian dishes alongside great wine varietals and decadent dessert.

Shopping

Anthropologie
(212) 246-0386
Certainly a sight to see, Anthropologies specializes in whimsical clothing, accessories and home items with a touch of Parisian flair.

Saks Fifth Avenue
(212) 753-4000
There’s no place like Saks Fifth Avenue for designer brands in a world-class shopping facility.

Tiffany & Co.
(212) 755-8000
Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. Stock up on blue boxes at Tiffany & Co.

Spas

Avanti Nail & Spa
(212) 757-1269
Aside from affordable mani/pedi’s, Avanti offers massages and reflexology in a quaint setting.

Snowflakes Spa
(212) 315-5788
Use the ancient techniques of Chinese medicine to soothe your muscles and revitalize your spirit.

SKNSPA
(212) 581-1398
Specializing in skin care and massage, SKNSPA is a haven for relaxation in Hell’s Kitchen.

Learn more about planning NYC female solo travel with the Washington Jefferson Hotel.

P.S. Have your solo plans changed? Do you want to bring a friend? Rooms are cozy, but they can also come with two twin beds (at an additional charge). Take on the town together with a girl’s getaway you won’t soon forget.

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Ascend to New Heights This Summer

As the weather warms and all of New York prepares for more outdoor time, going to the heights of the city seems more alluring than daunting. NYC from the rooftops is best enjoyed in the balmy summer air, and nobody knows that better than us. That’s why our latest specials, featuring one of New York’s most intriguing museums and one of its most iconic views, are a real treat for anyone who’s waited all winter to see Manhattan in its glory.

The Top of the Rock (or, as you may know it, 30 Rock), is the observation deck of Rockefeller Plaza, and an instantly recognizable icon of the NYC skyline. Simply take the elevator to the 70th floor at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and prepare to be swept away by the beautiful sights below. When you book our Top of the Rock Package, you’ll receive two adult vouchers for Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, overnight accommodations at the Washington Jefferson Hotel, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Top of the Rock

It’s not mentioned as often as the Met or MoMA, but a visit to the Intrepid will make a formidable impression. The Intrepid Air and Space Museum, housed on an historic aircraft carrier, stewards American military and aerospace history with original artifacts, video footage, interactive exhibits and more. Purchase our Intrepid Air and Space Museum Package and receive two adult tickets for the Museum, including the Space Shuttle Pavilion and Submarine Growler, as well as overnight accommodations and complimentary Wi-Fi at the Washington Jefferson.

aircraft carrier as museum in New York

With the coming of summer in NYC, and our expertise in making every guest’s trip to NYC one to remember, we are more than happy to act as your guide when you stay at the Washington Jefferson Hotel!

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid through 01/31/16
  • Offer does not apply to groups of 5 or more rooms
  • Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions.  Blackout dates may apply.
  • Advance reservations required.  Other restrictions apply.
  • Rates are per room, per night and based on availability at the time of reservation.
  • Room and occupancy taxes are not included
  • Standard Cancellation 24 Hours day prior to arrival by 3:00 p.m.

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Nevermore Partnership – A Dream Within a Dream

Edgar-Misses-Duvall(1)[2]Working in New York City has its advantages. Unfortunately, we all don’t have the time to enjoy what New York City has to offer.  After working outside of the city for many years I made a promise to myself that I will enjoy New York and finally see some touristy attractions, see more shows and even go out to eat every once in a while.

In the last month, I went to see the Radio City Christmas Show (which was amazing). To start the year off right I went to see Illuminate at New World Stages.  The show was great, all the seats were excellent and the kids loved it.

New World Stages is around the corner from the Washington Jefferson Hotel on 50th Street, and we were able to form a partnership with their newest show “Nevermore.”  After researching what the show was about, The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, I was intrigued to learn more about him.  I found some quotes on Brainyquote.com that I thought you would enjoy:

  • All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
  • Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
  • They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

I cannot wait to see the show.  Guests at the Washington Jefferson will receive a 30% discount for any show until March 31, 2015.   Please contact the Hotel directly for the discount code.

I would love to hear your feedback. Hopefully this is just the start of future show partnerships.

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Cyber Monday Sale-Triumph Hotels

Parking included -taxi Triumph Hotels Announces ‘The Countdown to Your NYC Dream Trip’ Cyber Monday Promotion

 Operating six distinctive hotels in unique neighborhoods across Manhattan, Triumph Hotels invites guests to make their New York City dream trip come true with their Cyber Monday Sale, offering up to 50% off stays in Manhattan. As a special bonus, Triumph Hotels is holding a sweepstakes in conjunction with their limited time offer: win a six-course tasting dinner with wine parings for two at Triumph’s Michelin-star JUNI restaurant, featuring Executive Chef Shaun Hergatt’s culinary ingenuity.

On December 1st, 2014, visitors can save 30% on reservations at any of Triumph’s collection of six New York City hotels and during ‘Happy Hour’, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.), Triumph Hotels is offering even larger savings of 50% off premium rooms and suites. In addition, guests will have complete access to the premier amenities and services available at Triumph Hotels, including:

 Concierge services

 Valet parking

 Complimentary Wi-Fi

 Onsite dining

 24-hour room service

 Complimentary refreshments

 Onsite bars and lounges

 Libraries

 24-hour fitness facilities

 Media lounges

 Same-day laundry service

 Complimentary overnight shoeshine

* Some amenities are hotel specific please call or visit individual hotel’s website for details

“This Cyber Monday Sale provides yet another opportunity for guests to experience their New York City dream trip,” said Ronny Apfel, CFO. “By acting fast and taking advantage of these savings, guests gain access to all the great things NYC has to offer – from award-winning dining to world-class attractions.”

In addition to big savings, Triumph Hotels is also offering the chance to win a six-course tasting dinner for two at JUNI, Hotel Chandler’s Michelin-star restaurant. Visitors to the Triumph Hotels promotion website can enter to win via email, and have additional chances to enter by sharing posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram by using both hashtags #TriumphHotels and #CyberMonday.

Cyber Monday Savings Apply at These Six Unique NYC Hotels:

 Iroquois New York

 Hotel Chandler

 Hotel Belleclaire

 The Cosmopolitan Hotel

 Gershwin Hotel

 Washington Jefferson Hotel

*This is also available at our sister property The Edison Hotel.

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